The Healing Waters Of Hydrotherapy

Water therapy, also known hydrotherapy, is one of the most ancient forms of healing treatments. The curative powers of water-purported to aid in overall healing, relaxation and detoxification-are used in today's spas in a variety of treatments. Here are three...

Vichy Shower: The springs of Vichy, located in the mountainous Auvergne region on France, are the inspiration behind this shower-like treatment, "discovered" in the 1800s. Today, the Vichy Shower is a sophisticated multiple-jet showerhead mechanism that is suspended over a cushioned wet-table and used as part of various treatments such as seaweed wraps and scrubs. It is used not only to rinse treatment products, but to relax and stimulate circulation as well.

Japanese Enzyme Bath: Originally developed in Japan for its Olympic athletes, this deep-heating treatment takes place in a dry wooden bath filled with fibrous materials-usually finely cut wood shavings, rice bran, and fruit or vegetable enzymes, which naturally ferment to create a heated substance. The purifying properties of the mixture allow the body to sweat, and along with releasing toxins, the treatment aids in relaxation and improves circulation and metabolism.

Thalassotherapy: Named for the Greek word thalassa, meaning "sea," this hydrotherapy spa term is used for any treatment that used mineral-rich, nutrient-dense seawater and/or marine byproducts. Long sought out for its restorative properties, seawater benefits the skin and body, both topically and internally.

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